A year after my original post, I’m fairly confident that we finally have a home to be proud of. It feels so good walking in the front door.
Ah. And the best part is the room has stayed this level of clean for almost a week! UnfuckYourHabitat is really inspiring that way. All of the furniture from the previous posts is still here, being used in either of the two bedrooms. The wires are all hidden to the best of our renter abilities. The pull-out bed in the sofa now works without any fuss. It just works.